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Pre-Kindergarten Lottery

For the 2023-2024 School Year Lottery:

The lottery is open from January 10th, 2023 through January 27th, 2023. To access the Lottery Application, please click on the following links:

For English, click here

For Spanish, click here

For the 2022-2023 School Year:

The Pre-K lottery has closed as of January 28th, 2022. The lottery was conducted on February 1, 2022 and families were notified of the results by email. For families that missed the lottery and are interested in Pre-K for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (914) 576-4622 or email CSDNRPreK@nredlearn.org to be placed.

Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Information, Resources & Procedures

The City School District of New Rochelle, in partnership with several community agencies, is offering current New Rochelle residents pre-kindergarten options for the 2023-2024 school year. The Pre-Kindergarten lottery begins January 10, 2023. Families will have until January 27, 2023 to enter and rank their preferences for programs and locations. Families will be notified of the lottery results and student seat offerings beginning on January 31, 2023.

Why Pre-Kindergarten?

Pre-kindergarten immerses students into a learning-focused community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong foundation for lifelong education. Children in quality early childhood programs learn socialization skills through group activities; experience reading- and writing-readiness activities; are better prepared for school success; and are more likely to attain higher levels of education. 


All pre-kindergarten options require attendance in person; a virtual option is not available. The pre-kindergarten calendar generally follows the City School District of New Rochelle calendar.

Pre-Kindergarten Options for Parents

Choice 1: Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a New York State grant-funded program, covering one academic year, to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. All current New Rochelle residents, with children born in 2019, are eligible to apply for a seat at either the Barnard Early Childhood Center or an approved community-based collaborator. Barnard Early Childhood Center is a 2.5 hours program and runs from 8:25am-11:00 and 12:30pm-3:00pm. Parents will be asked their preference for AM or PM slots during the intake process, which occurs after the lottery and registration; however a specific time is not guaranteed and will be communicated with class placements during the summer. When ready to enter kindergarten, students may begin at their neighborhood school or re-enter the lottery for a kindergarten seat, if available at a school offering magnet programming.

We are happy to announce the following providers will be offering a full day (5 hour) program in partnership with the City School District of New Rochelle. Please contact these programs to learn more about their offerings:

Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP) 

95 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, NY

(914) 632-0180

Website - Click Here


The Learning Experience 

1 Bally Place, New Rochelle, NY

914-636-5300

Website - Click Here


Information regarding these and other partners can be found here. Please review all your options early prior to submitting your lottery entry. 

Choice 2: Magnet Pre-Kindergarten

Magnet Pre-Kindergarten is the first step in a four-year sequence, covering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade at the Barnard Early Childhood Center. Barnard Early Childhood Center Pre-kindergarten program is 2.5 hours and runs from 8:25am-11:00 and 12:30pm-3:00pm. Parents will be asked their preference for AM or PM slots during the intake process, which occurs after the lottery and registration; however a specific time is not guaranteed and will be communicated with class placements during the summer. The program prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten. All current New Rochelle families with children born in 2019 are eligible to apply. When ready to enter third grade, students may begin at their neighborhood school or re-enter the lottery for a third-grade seat, if available at a school offering magnet programming.

Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Important Dates for Pre-K

Important Dates

Jan. 10, 2023: Pre-kindergarten open house at Barnard Early Childhood Center

Jan. 10: Pre-kindergarten lottery opens

Jan. 27: Final day to enter pre-kindergarten lottery

Jan. 31: Pre-kindergarten placements occur and notifications to families begin

Pre-kindergarten seat-acceptance deadline is one week after placement

Pre-kindergarten school registration begins immediately after seat-acceptance

Attend an Open House

To help you learn more about pre-kindergarten and options for families, please attend a free open house for the following programs:

Barnard Early Childhood Center - 129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, NY

·      Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, 6 p.m., in English 

·      Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, 7 p.m., in Spanish

If you were not able to attend the open house, please find attached the presentation in English and Spanish.

Barnard Open House - English

Barnard Open House - Spanish

New Rochelle YMCA - 50 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY

·      Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023: 10 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish 

·      Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023: 6 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish

Preschool Learning Center - 95 Eastchester Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801
·      Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, 9:30 a.m.

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Transportation

Transportation is provided for students that live 1.5 miles or more from home to school if they are attending the Barnard Early Childhood Center.

Community-Based Collaborators

A list of our community-based collaborators and their contact information along with a brief description of their program can be found at https://www.nred.org/page/prek-collaborators

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (914) 576-4622 or email CSDNRPreK@nredlearn.org

After being placed in a pre-kindergarten program, please register online at www.nred.org/o/nrps/page/registration. Thank you.